Artforum Editor Tim Griffin To Give U.Va.'s Blizzard Lecture March 25

March 09, 2010

March 8, 2010 — The University of Virginia Art Museum will host Artforum editor Tim Griffin for its annual Gladys S. Blizzard Lecture on March 25.

In his lecture, "Compression," Griffin will discuss recent trends in the manipulation of space and site in the work of contemporary artists.

The lecture, free and open to the public, will be held at 6 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153.

Griffin has been editor of Artforum International magazine since 2003. During that time he has written for the publication on numerous artists, including Chantal Akerman, Paul Chan, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Mary Heilmann, Philippe Parreno, Seth Price, Allen Ruppersberg, Haim Steinbach, Catherine Sullivan and Kelley Walker. He has devoted special issues of the magazine to art and politics, globalization, minimalism, the legacy of land art, the rebuilding of New Orleans and notions of the commons, as well as to such figures as choreographer Michael Clark, philosopher Jacques Rancière, public intellectual Susan Sontag and architect-designer Buckminster Fuller.

Griffin's writing has also appeared in publications ranging from October to Vogue. His essay on John Baldessari, "What do you do?," appears in the catalog for the artist's retrospective that opened last fall at Tate Modern in London.

The museum's annual Gladys S. Blizzard Lecture, named in honor of a beloved museum educator and author of the "Come Look With Me" series of children's books about art, brings a prominent member of the art world to Charlottesville.

For information, call 434-243-2050 or e-mail

— By Jane Ford